It’s been months since we were last reminded of the mind-boggling awesomeness of Cephalopods. Thankfully research scientist and professor Douglas Long of Deep Sea News assembled a collection of fascinating gifs of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish showing off some of their amazing abilities. From camouflage and shape-shifting to puzzle-solving, mimicry, and hypnosis, cephalopods are underwater superheroes.

These gifs are just some of our favorites. Head over to Deep Sea News to view the entire collection and learn about the specific behaviors features in each gif.

[via Deep Sea News]


A Weevil (Curculionidae) with waxy decorations produced from its cuticle as a camouflage strategy.

Some weevil species produce a waxy secretion from glands in their cuticle which is used as part of a camouflage strategy. This waxy coat can assume some bizarre shapes and orientations but does nothing to slow down or restrict the weevil’s movement.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese beetles on my Flickr site HERE…..